Hesperia Christian alumnus Ethan Hamilton last week was named athletic director of Point Loma Nazarene University, where Hamilton has served as head men's basketball coach.


Hamilton, who is the associate athletic director at PLNU, will take over as AD from longtime university educator Carroll Land on June 15. Land has served the university in the roles of professor in kinesiology, head baseball coach from 1961-1999 and athletic director since 1968.


"I have great confidence in Ethan Hamilton and his many abilities as he begins this new role in athletic leadership," PLNU President Dr. Bob Brower said on the university's web site. "Ethan brings solid experiences in coaching and athletic administration and he knows PLNU well. I look forward to working with him in this important part of university life."


Hamilton is the son of Jack Hamilton, a former longtime member of the Hesperia Unified School District's board of education. The senior Hamilton, who several years ago was appointed to the Hesperia Recreation and Park District's board, is a pastor at High Desert Church in Victorville.


Ethan Hamilton attended Hesperia Christian school and later attended PLNU where he was a 1997 graduate. After earning a bachelor's degree in physical education, he earned a master's degree in education at Cal State San Bernardino in 2000. He also was at the University of California, Riverside, where he was recruiting coordinator and assisted with the administration of the UCR men's basketball program. Hamilton also worked for five seasons at Azusa Pacific University.


In June of 2005 he went back to Point Loma as an assistant athletic director and men's basketball associate head coach. Later he was named the men's basketball head coach and associate athletic director.


Last fall, Dr. Land announced he would retire after nearly a half century with the university. Selecting Hamilton as his replacement seemed like a logical choice, according to PLNU administrators.


"I believe that Ethan possesses both an appreciation for the historic mission of PLNU and a vision for the future of athletics," Dr. Caye Smith, Vice President of Student Development, said. "This powerful combination will make him an effective leader in this important area of university life."


Hamilton, his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Lillian Isabella, reside in Rancho Bernardo.